At the end of the third quarter in Wednesday’s Western Conference Finals Game 2, the Lakers and Suns were tied 90-90. Then Leandro Barbosa got knocked out of the game by Lamar Odom and all of a sudden that seemed to spark Laker momentum that propelled them to a 124-112 victory.
The Lakes tore off to a 18-7 start in the 4th as Farmar and Pau and Kobe and Odom and Brown all scored while the Suns committed 5 turnovers and went cold from the field. It was about that time that Mr. Ric Bucher tweeted:“The Lakers aren’t beating the Suns, the Suns are beating the Suns.”
It was true in a way and incorrect in another. The Suns had minimal success in the paint. They were getting minimal stops. But the Lakers were owning it on both ends of the court. They played great defense and took the Suns completely out of their game. Amare looked either confused or disinterested. Depended on the play.
The Lakers followed with a 9-0 run. The Suns were finished.